The International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) continue to strengthen their collaboration. This was decided during their 20th annual meeting.
The virtual meeting was opened by Badi Besbes, Head Animal Production and Genetic Branch, FAO and Daniel Bercovici, IFIF Chairman. The meeting was attend by IFIF delegates representing over 80 percent of global compound feed production. During this meeting IFIF and FAO reiterated their commitment to this longstanding partnership and agreed to continue to strengthen their work together.
“With the on-going pandemic, collaboration at international level is all the more important to ensure feed and food safety, food security and high-quality nutrition”, according to both parties. Besbes reaffirmed the importance of “collaboration between the public and private sector, as well as other stakeholders, to support evidence-based key role of the livestock sector for achieving United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) particularly – zero hunger. Also, for improving nutrition quality and supporting livelihoods worldwide in light of high-level global reflections on sustainable agriculture and food systems.”
Bercovici said: “Our joint meeting with the FAO once again underlined our strong partnership as IFIF continues to support key FAO initiatives such as the Livestock Environmental Assessment and Performance (LEAP) Partnership, the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock and the Multi-stakeholder Partnership for Feed safety. The publication of the updated FAO and IFIF Manual on Good Practices for the Feed Sector was a key milestone as we work together on Capacity Development for feed safety.”
Furthermore Bercovici stated IFIF continues to contribute to FAO’s work to address antimicrobial resistance including through advancing nutritional innovation to support animal health. “We look forward to the 15th International Feed Regulators Meeting (IFRM), which is another great example of IFIF FAO collaboration positively impacting the feed and food chain.”
Bercovici added: “Together with the colleagues at the FAO we contribute to building a solid science-based approach to support safe and sustainable animal nutrition to bring quality and affordable food to a growing world population, producing more with less and even better under diverse production systems. I am pleased our relationship continues to strengthen year to year.”
Daniela Battaglia, Livestock Production Officer at the Animal Production and Health Division of the FAO, said: “FAO and IFIF have a long standing partnership and this meeting addressed a number of critical issues of common interest. Among these for example the need for capacity development to ensure feed safety and the importance of collaborating to tackle the containment of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). FAO is committed to work with the private sector and the feed operators and believes that they can valuably contribute to make the livestock and food sectors more responsible and sustainable and to achieve important goals such as public health, and animal health and welfare.”